Candidate Statements for 2017 DAP Executive Board Election

Tristan Averett

Alcântara

Information, communication, outreach and coordination are the keys to an active, thriving and effective organization. I believe that I can contribute to the leadership team using my skills and experience. My career spans 30 years of IT work with various databases. I served as Secretary for DAP in 2015/2016, making me familiar with the tools and requirements for this job. I volunteered with the Sanders 2016 campaign and am the Portugal coordinator for Our Revolution Abroad. I assisted in organizing the Dems Abroad Global Primary in Portugal and acted as the voting center manager in Lisbon. I've volunteered for earlier presidential campaigns as well as local races and issues wherever I lived. And I have run or participated in an annual voter registration drive every year since I was old enough to vote.

 

Nando Cruz (Fernando Aidos da Cruz)

Oeiras

At Democrats Abroad Portugal we need to pull together to fight for a future with dignity. These are concepts that have driven my professional and personal life.  I’ve served in consulting roles related to technology and quality engineering at HP, IBM, Siemens and Charles Schwab. Nearly 5 years ago, I founded Grassroots Communities, aimed at enabling developing country’s citizens’ use of technology in order  to live their lives  with dignity. I also volunteered in Africa with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. I’m also doing pro-bono work, developing and teaching leadership training modules for not-for-profits, as part of a McKinsey program. I was graduated by the University of Colorado with an MBA in Marketing and by the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg with a BSEE.

 

Marsella Gilbert

Principe Real, Lisboa

I decided to run for DAP Counsel for a very simple reason: If we want our political leaders to know our priorities, not only do we need to tell them repeatedly, but it’s imperative we also have those priorities show up in the polls. We have a lot of work to do for the upcoming elections in 2018 and 2020.  I believe my background as a politics major at the University of San Francisco, a paralegal certificate from Merritt College paired with my experience in labor organizing and as a district office volunteer coordinator to California Assemblywoman, Fiona Ma, prepare me to help revive the voter participation that we especially need as Democrats living abroad.

 

 

Andrew Hafenbrack

Benfica, Lisboa

I am running for DAP’s Executive Board because I think that the Democratic Party has the potential to help make the U.S. fair and reasonable. I would like to see a reduction in wars, healthcare and drug prices and private prisons. I would like GMOs to be labeled, parental leave to exist and the financial industry to be meaningfully regulated. I think there are enough impediments to third parties that the only way to make progress on these issues is to help Democrats get elected then hold those people accountable. I served Democrats Abroad Portugal for the last 9 months as Secretary.  I’m currently a professor at Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics. I graduated with a PHD in Organizational Behavior from INSEAD and received my BS in Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon. www.andyhafenbrack.com

 

Amy Kraushaar

Paço de Arcos

Voting is the most impactful method of putting our government back on track; therefore, this is my priority. As Vice Chair of DAP in 2016,  I led and/or participated in:  our  2016 elections night event in Lisboa;  revitalizing our Facebook page;  expanding DAP elections via absentee voting. I’m working on Democrats Abroad Global’s ‘Get Out The Vote’ Committee focused on 2017 special elections, which connects me to our global resources.  My career in strategic marketing prepares me as Treasurer to focus on funding improved member communications and creating high-value events and local support across Portugal. My goal is for you to feel part of a DAP community that is informed, ready and able to change our US government in 2018 and 2020.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amykraushaar

 

Deb Simpson (Deborah)

Alandroal

Democrats Abroad Portugal has an influence on American politics; let’s increase our impact by working together to build our volunteer base, to find every Democratic voter in Portugal and to ensure they vote in the 2018 elections. We will reach our members across Portugal to involve, listen, communicate and participate.  The generosity of volunteers donating their time, energy and skills to campaigns enabled me to serve 10 years in the Maine legislature, so I remain mindful of everyone’s time and effort. In Maine, I was accustomed to working as part of a team, from Chairing the House Judiciary Committee to working with other legislators on the Taxation and Natural Resources Committees as well as on the boards of public organizations, including Head Start. Let’s all work together to increase our impact on the crucial 2020 vote.